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Trinidad & Tobago

September 21 - October 1, 1990
Leader: Bill Murphy


  TINAMOU
     Little Tinamou (heard only)
  GREBES
     Least Grebe
     Pied-billed Grebe
  TROPICBIRD
     Red-billed Tropicbird
  BOOBIES
     Brown Booby
  PELICAN
     Brown Pelican
  FRIGATEBIRD
     Magnificent Frigatebird
  BITTERNS & HERONS
     Pinnated Bittern (a difficult species; Nariva Swamp)
     Great Blue Heron (Bon Accord Swamp, where rare)
     Great Egret
     Snowy Egret
     Little Egret (on both islands, accidental anywhere in the Western Hemisphere)
     Little Blue Heron
     Tricolored Heron
     Cattle Egret
     Green-backed Heron
     Black-crowned Night-Heron
     Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  IBISES
     Scarlet Ibis (thousands, and one even in Tobago)
  DUCKS & GEESE
     Fulvous Whistling-Duck
     Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
     White-cheeked Pintail
     Blue-winged Teal
     Northern Shoveler (one of the great rarities of the trip)
  NEW WORLD VULTURES
     Black Vulture
     Turkey Vulture
  OSPREY, HAWKS, & EAGLES
     Osprey
     American Swallow-tailed Kite
     Pearl Kite
     Double-toothed Kite
     Plumbeous Kite
     White Hawk
     Common Black-Hawk
     Great Black-Hawk
     Savanna Hawk
     Gray Hawk
     Broad-winged Hawk
     Short-tailed Hawk
     Zone-tailed Hawk
     Ornate Hawk-Eagle
  CARACARAS & FALCONS
     Yellow-headed Caracara
     Peregrine Falcon
  CHACHALACA & GUAN
     Rufous-vented Chachalaca
  CRAKES, RAILS, GALLINULES, & COOT
     Purple Gallinule
     Common Moorhen
  LAPWING & PLOVERS
     Southern Lapwing
     Black-bellied Plover
     Lesser Golden-Plover
     Collared Plover
     Semipalmated Plover
  STILT
     Black-necked Stilt
  JACANA
     Wattled Jacana
  SANDPIPERS & RELATIVES
     Greater Yellowlegs
     Lesser Yellowlegs
     Solitary Sandpiper
     Willet
     Spotted Sandpiper
     Whimbrel
     Hudsonian Godwit (very rare)
     Ruddy Turnstone
     Semipalmated Sandpiper
     Western Sandpiper
     Least Sandpiper
     White-rumped Sandpiper (Agricultural Research Station)
     Pectoral Sandpiper
     Stilt Sandpiper
     Short-billed Dowitcher
     Wilson's Phalarope (first record for Trinidad & Tobago)
  JAEGERS, GULLS, & TERNS
     Laughing Gull
     Gull-billed Tern
     Royal Tern
     Sandwich Tern
     Common Tern
     Least Tern
     Yellow-billed Tern
     Large-billed Tern
     Black Tern
     Brown Noddy
     Black Skimmer
  DOVES & PIGEONS
     Rock Dove
     Pale-vented Pigeon
     Scaled Pigeon
     Eared Dove
     Common Ground-Dove
     Ruddy Ground-Dove
     White-tipped Dove
     Gray-fronted Dove
  MACAWS, PARROTLETS, & PARROTS
     Red-bellied Macaw (a single fly-over bird at dusk)
     Green-rumped Parrotlet
     Lilac-tailed Parrotlet
     Blue-headed Parrot
     Orange-winged Parrot
  CUCKOOS & ANIS
     Squirrel Cuckoo
     Little Cuckoo
     Striped Cuckoo
     Greater Ani
     Smooth-billed Ani
  BARN-OWL
     Common Barn-Owl (our first bird species!)
  OWLS
     Tropical Screech-Owl
     Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  GOATSUCKERS
     Common Pauraque
     White-tailed Nightjar
  POTOO
     Common Potoo (both islands; Trevor's incredible one at Grafton Estate)
  OILBIRD
     Oilbird
  SWIFTS
     White-collared Swift (very large flocks high over Wallerfield)
     Short-tailed Swift
     Band-rumped Swift
     Gray-rumped Swift
     Lesser Swallow-tailed Swift
     Fork-tailed Palm-Swift
  HUMMINGBIRDS
     Rufous-breasted Hermit
     Green Hermit
     Little Hermit
     Tufted Coquette
     Blue-chinned Sapphire
     White-chested Emerald
     Copper-rumped Hummingbird
     White-tailed Sabrewing (Gilpin Trace, seen very close; few birds remain)
  TROGONS
     White-tailed Trogon
     Violaceous Trogon
     Collared Trogon (Gilpin Trace)
  MOTMOT
     Blue-crowned Motmot
  KINGFISHERS
     Green Kingfisher
  JACAMAR
     Rufous-tailed Jacamar
  TOUCAN
     Channel-billed Toucan
  WOODPECKERS
     Red-crowned Woodpecker
     Red-rumped Woodpecker
     Golden-olive Woodpecker
     Chestnut Woodpecker
     Lineated Woodpecker
  SPINETAILS & RELATIVES
     Pale-breasted Spinetail
     Stripe-breasted Spinetail (heard only)
     Yellow-throated Spinetail
     Streaked Xenops
     Gray-throated Leafscraper (heard only)
  WOODCREEPERS
     Plain-brown Woodcreeper
     Buff-throated Woodcreeper
  ANTBIRDS
     Great Antshrike
     Black-crested Antshrike
     Barred Antshrike
     Plain Antvireo (male and female)
     White-fringed Antwren
     White-bellied Antbird (heard only)
     Black-faced Antthrush
  TYRANT-FLYCATCHERS
     Southern Beardless-Tyrannulet
     Scrub Flycatcher
     Forest Elaenia
     Yellow-bellied Elaenia
     Ochre-bellied Flycatcher
     Slaty-capped Flycatcher
     Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant (exceptionally rare; a life bird for your leader)
     Yellow-breasted Flycatcher
     Tropical Pewee
     Euler's Flycatcher
     Fuscous Flycatcher (heard only)
     Pied Water-Tyrant
     White-headed Marsh-Tyrant
     Dusky-capped Flycatcher
     Great Kiskadee
     Boat-billed Flycatcher
     Streaked Flycatcher
     Tropical Kingbird
     Gray Kingbird
  COTINGAS
     Black-tailed Tityra
     Bearded Bellbird (female only; males not calling)
  MANAKINS
     White-bearded Manakin
     Blue-backed Manakin
     Golden-headed Manakin
  SWALLOWS
     Caribbean Martin
     Gray-breasted Martin
     White-winged Swallow
     Southern Rough-winged Swallow
     Barn Swallow
  WRENS
     Rufous-breasted Wren
     House Wren
  GNATWREN & THRUSHES
     Long-billed Gnatwren
     Cocoa Thrush
     Bare-eyed Thrush
     White-necked Thrush
  MOCKINGBIRD
     Tropical Mockingbird
  VIREOS & RELATIVES
     Chivi Vireo (heard only)
     Scrub Greenlet
     Golden-fronted Greenlet
     Rufous-browed Peppershrike
  WOOD WARBLERS
     Tropical Parula
     Yellow Warbler
     American Redstart
     Northern Waterthrush
  HONEYCREEPERS & TANAGERS
     Bananaquit
     Bicolored Conebill
     Speckled Tanager
     Turquoise Tanager
     Bay-headed Tanager
     Blue Dacnis
     Green Honeycreeper
     Purple Honeycreeper
     Red-legged Honeycreeper
     Trinidad Euphonia
     Violaceous Euphonia
     Blue-gray Tanager
     Palm Tanager
     Silver-beaked Tanager
     White-lined Tanager
     Red-crowned Ant-Tanager
  GROSBEAKS & BUNTINGS
     Grayish Saltator (heard only)
     Blue-black Grassquit
     Black-faced Grassquit
  BLACKBIRDS
     Red-breasted Blackbird
     Yellow-hooded Blackbird
     Carib Grackle
     Shiny Cowbird
     Giant Cowbird
     Yellow Oriole
     Yellow-rumped Cacique
     Crested Oropendola

Total number of species: 215, including 6 heard only.

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